Cruel thieves steal MS sufferer’s chair

Dennis & Patricia Thirkell, who had her wheelchair stolen from outside her house.
Dennis & Patricia Thirkell, who had her wheelchair stolen from outside her house.
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A DISABLED woman has been rendered virtually housebound after her wheelchair was stolen from outside her home.

The robbery took place on Tuesday night at the Cheltenham Gardens, Bletchley bungalow that Patricia Thirkell shares with her husband Dennis.

He said: “It’s absolutely shocking to think that someone has come so close to our home to steal the chair because although it is left outside in our porch you can’t see it from the road.

“Patricia has an electric wheelchair that she uses in the house but the manual one we use when we go shopping because I can actually lift that to get it in the car.

“We had to go out and get Christmas presents and now if we do go it will be extremely difficult to take Patricia with me.”

Dennis said the theft took place between 9pm last Tuesday and 9am the next morning but was shocked that someone had come right up to the door of the house to get it.

He said: “To think that someone has been right up to our door is shocking, and what for? Just a bit of scrap metal and a few extra pounds but what they have really taken away is my wife’s independence.

“At about 11.30pm the security lights went on outside but they are so sensitive that they can go off if a car drives past on the street so I thought nothing of it.”

Dennis is now calling on any people who may know something about the incident to call police and report it.

He said: “Someone must know something about this and I would urge anyone who may know something or saw anything at all to call the police.

“All we want is for Patricia to have her independence back.”

People can call the police non-emergency number on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.